New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Rumors abound of foreign-backed conspiracy
NEW DELHI, India (AP) — The investigation into Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination has spawned rumors and conflicting reports of a foreign-backed conspiracy.
And the government’s reluctance to talk about its investigations have fed the confusion.
An Indian government spokesman declined comment Saturday on press reports that investigators want to extradite a former Indian diplomat from Norway for involvement in a broad conspiracy to kill Mrs. Gandhi.
New Delhi’s largest circulation newspaper, the pro-government Hindustan Times, alleged that the former envoy, a Sikh, paid $100,000 to one of the suspected assassins. The Indian government has accused two men, both Sikhs and both members of Mrs. Gandhi’s personal security
detail, in the Get. 31 shooting. One of the men was himself shot dead and the other was wounded.
“I’ve nothing to say on that,’’ External Affairs Ministry spokesman Salman Haidar said. He said he was not aware of any extradition request by the investigators.
In Oslo, the ex-diplomat, I. Harinder Singh, 37, strongly denied he conspired to assassinate Mrs. Gandhi. “Such an allegation is ridiculous,” a Norwegian newspaper quoted him as saying Saturday, “I never had contact with the killers. Now I’m afraid. Anything can happen to me and my family.’’
Harinder Singh resigned as India's charge d’affaires in Oslo and applied for political asylum in June after an Indian army assault killed hundreds of Sikh militant separatists occupying Amritsar’s Golden Temple, the holiest Sikh
The press reports on the former envoy were the latest in a series of unconfirmed stories on the assassination plot and alleged confessions of Satwant Singh, 22, a security guard identified by the government as one of the two men who shot Mrs. Gandhi.
Some news reports have linked senior army and police officers with the killing. P.S. Bhinder, a former New Delhi police commissioner, complained he was the victim of scurrilous rumors merely because is a Sikh.
Authorities have refused to disclose the number of people arrested in connection with the assassination. Among the large number of people believed detained are some relatives of the two killers.
Sunday trial session set to avoid TV movie
ROCKFORD, 111. (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing his wife and three children will move to rare night sessions Sunday and Monday so jurors cannot see a made-for-television movie about an Army doctor convicted of murdering his family.
The scheduling change was ordered at the request of defense lawyers in the murder trial of businessman David Hendricks because of the broadcast of NBC’s two-part dramatization “Fatal Vision.-
A prosecutor says there are some “striking" similarities between the Hendricks case and the subject of the NBC mini-series, the 1979 conviction of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, a former Green Beret physician, on charges of murdering his pregnant wife and their two daughters.
Hendricks, 30, a back-brace inventor and salesman from Bloomington, is charged in the Nov. 7, 1983, ax and knife slayings of his wife and three youngsters. He denies committing the killings, contending he was in Wisconsin on a sales trip when his family was slain and his home ransacked.
Hendricks’ lawyers contend that two or more people invaded the house and murdered Susan Hendricks, 30, and the couple’s two daughters, ages 9 and 7, and son, age 5.
Prosecutors say Hendricks hacked his family to death and then went to Wisconsin to set up an alibi. They say he was driven to the deed by an inner conflict between his fundamentalist religious beliefs and sexual feelings for the young women who modeled his patented brace.
The movie “Fatal Vision," based on the best-selling book by Joe McGinmss, details the case of MacDonald, w hose conviction came nine years after the killings of his family.
“We think that the effect of that (movie) ... could prejudice the jury for both parties,” said John Long, one of Hendricks’ two lawyers.
Two weeks ago, the defense asked that Hendricks’ jury be ordered not to watch any television promotions for “Fatal Vision," and that arrangements be made to ensure that the jurors, who are not sequestered, not see the movie.
After meetings between both sides. Circuit Judge Richard Baner ordered the Sunday session from 7 to IO p.m. CST and said trial on Monday would be held from 1:30 to IO p.m.
“Fatal Vision" is scheduled for both nights from 8 to IO p.m. CST.
Hendricks’ trial was moved to Rockford, in northern Illinois, because of extensive news coverage of the case in Bloomington, in the central part of the state.
MacDonald, 40, is serving three consecutive life terms at a federal prison in Texas. He maintains that four drug-crazed hippies burst into his house on the Fort Bragg, N.C., base, knocked him out and stabbed and beat his family to death.
Computers may bring changes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The classroom computer revolution that began about four years ago was boosted by parents determined that their children succeed in a high-tech job market.
There could be more to this revolution, however, than those parents ever dreamed.
Some payoffs, like closer educational ties between home and school, are already appearing in some places, with few dissenters.
But computers could radically alter school roles and the way children learn. Some experts talk of a national curriculum for elementary school, or grade promotion policies based on achievement rather than age.
Those visions and others were discussed last week by some 250 computer experts, school superintendents and teachers at a three-day conference on “Planning The School of The Future," sponsored by Vanderbilt University.
There are now 600,000 computers in America’s elementary and secondary schools — one for every 66 students, and roughly 20 times more than in 1980. Rapidly advancing technology has brought computer prices within the reach of nearly all schools.
Still, it was agreed that schools have only scratched the potential of computers, which now often serve only as electronic flashcards, drilling students in long division or spelling.
Where the conferees disagreed was on how sweeping the computer revolution is likely to be — or should be.
Arthur Luehrmann, the former Dartmouth College physics professor who coined the term “computer literacy." offered a modest forecast.
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Luehrmann said the oft-cited problem of poor quality software — the programs enabling the machine to teach lessons — “may never be solved."
Many schools cannot afford adequate software. Manufacturers, he said, are therefore likely to aim for the far more lucrative home computer market.
He suggests that schools buy only a dozen or so computers, set up a lab with a few highly trained teachers and create computer literacy courses “like any other new course."
Joyce Epstein, principal research scientist at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Social Organization of Schools, said computers might be the key to bringing parents into closer partnership with schools — a partnership generally considered essential to excellence but often lacking in schools.
Still, conferees cited obstacles to a closer school-home partnership — software problems, scarcity of computers in poorer homes, and teachers often unwilling or unable to involve parents as educational allies.
David Berliner, a University of Arizona professor of educational psychology, predicted the spread of classroom computers could lead to a national curriculum at the elementary level.
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